This November, I will once again be running with Team Lifeline in memory of my dear father, Yitzchak Zelig ben Yaakov Mordechai Z"L.
I love the challenge of training and look forward to the inspiring weekend with my team lifeline friends. The fundraising is not easy, but I stand committed to raising money for Chai Lifeline, a wonderful organization dedicated to helping sick children and their families, providing year-round social, emotional and financial support.
Running in memory of someone is hard. On the one hand, dedicating this process, journey, adventure to someone is so powerful and meaningful. It drives me, gives me motivation, forces me outside when I'm nice and cozy inside. It gives me conviction, heart, hope, passion. And yet. I hate that I'm running for Abba. I hate that now he's someone to remember. A name on a plaque. A facebook memorial page. A collection of pictures. I don't want to be part of this club that knows this kind of untimely death. I don't want to be someone to whom this has happened. So this is part of the challenge. Not just the running, and not just the fundraising. The challenge is also connecting these dots...Somehow reconciling the fact that Abba is still gone, no matter how many miles I run or how much money I raise, with the fact that it is still worth running those miles and raising that money.
I understand that we all have obligations to various charities, and asking for your support is not so easy, but I truly believe in the amazing work of Chai Lifeline. If the children of Chai Lifeline can fight each day, if they can push themselves through treatments and hospital stays, I can do this for them. But I can’t do this without your support. Please push that donate button. Every dollar counts. Let’s do this for Abba. Let’s do this for the kids.
I will be thinking about you as I cross the finish line.